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Tiffany Haddish’s rainbow Emmys gown is a sweet nod to her heritage

Haddish was honoring her father’s memory.

70th Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Tiffany Haddish at the 70th annual Emmy Awards.
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Constance Grady is a senior correspondent on the Culture team for Vox, where since 2016 she has covered books, publishing, gender, celebrity analysis, and theater.

At the Emmys this year, Tiffany Haddish continued her trend of paying sartorial homage to her Eritrean heritage on the red carpet, wearing a playful Prabal Gurung gown that has lots of people on Twitter remembering their playground days.

Haddish’s rainbow-striped gown is gathering comparisons to everything from Rainbow Brite...

…to a gym class parachute.

But the actual meaning behind the dress is sweeter: The dress’s red, yellow, blue, and green color scheme is intended to reflect the colors of the Eritrean flag, in a nod to Haddish’s Eritrean father.

This is not the first time Haddish has used the red carpet to pay homage to her father, who passed away in 2017. At the Oscars earlier this year, she wore a traditional Eritrean zuria on the red carpet in his memory. “He said one day I would end up here, and if I ever end up at the Oscars to honor my people,” she said of her father at the time.

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